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Walker Edmiston archive of Time for Beany show puppets and memorabilia. (KTLA-TV, 1949) This amazing archive represents the Walker Edmiston collection of original Time for Beany screen-used puppets and memorabilia. Veteran actor and voice-over artist, Edmiston appeared on dozens of television programs including Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, as well as lending voice talents to Land of the Lost, H.R. Pufnstuf, and many more. Time for Beany was created by animator Bob Clampett after he left Warner Bros. where he had been directing theatrical cartoon shorts. Clampett came up with the idea for Cecil when he was a boy, after seeing the top half of the dinosaur swimming from the water in the film, The Lost World (1925). It featured the talents of veteran voice actors Stan Freberg as Cecil and Dishonest John, Daws Butler as Beany and Uncle Captain and Walker Edmiston as Billy the Squid. This incredible collection includes the original KTLA Channel 5 Time for Beany silkscreen banner, copyright 1950, measuring 45 in. tall x 58 in. wide. Original screen-used puppets include the 26 in. hero Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent puppet in the original vintage travel case, a white “ghost” Cecil puppet, Chef Wong, Dishonest John and Clowny puppets and a Captain Huffenpuff puppet head, used live on-air by Walker Edmiston, Stan Freberg and Daws Butler in Time for Beany. Also includes a Pop Gun puppet, Buffalo Billy and Spider Web puppet heads from Buffalo Billy (1954), a Blunderhead puppet from Thunderbolt the Wondercolt (1952) and other characters. In addition, a very rare solid plaster Cecil statue painted gold, standing 10 in. tall, on the base of which Walker Edmiston has penned in ink “This is the Cecilia Award that Bob Clampett gave cast members when the show won the Emmy Award. I think there were only ten made – Walker Edmiston”.
Other highlights are original sketches of Buffalo Billy, Thunderbolt the Wondercolt and Blunderhead by Bob Clampett and others, a Bob Clampett handwritten folder containing notes to Edmiston regarding animal characters, adopting a cartoon style of puppet sculpting, etc., some original on-set photographs and accompanying color scans, original Bob Clampett Studio pass, numerous inter-office memos, Hollywood round-up sheets of name choices for Thunderbolt and Blunderhead, one Beany and one Cecil sterling silver ring given to cast members, one pair of Beany and Cecil earrings given to cast members only by Bob Clampett, original 11 x 14 in. color artwork of Beany and Cecil at school which was used for a jigsaw puzzle (also included), two original color animation cels, three original pen & ink comic strip art pages (one with lower portion cut out), curtains, bedside lamp, talking Dishonest John puppet in original box signed by Walker Edmiston, talking plush Cecil puppet in original box signed by Walker Edmiston, Cecil music box, two Cecil rubber hand puppet, stuffed toy Cecil, miscellaneous cups, Talk to Cecil Adventure Game, tea set, three Beany and Cecil lunch boxes, Cecil bowling set with pins and balls, and two Walker Edmiston signed photographs of most of the puppets in the collection and many other items, too many to mention. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to view this amazing collection in person. Other than the example on exhibit at The Smithsonian and the Clampett family estate, this is the only hero screen-used Cecil puppet known to exist.